Black Lives Matter

The murder of George Floyd on May 25 ignited people throughout North America to engage in meaningful ways to put an end to anti-Black racism.

We were called out, and rightly so, for not responding quickly enough. As a result, we published a Black Lives Matter statement on our website, which also listed a number of actions we would undertake to support and show our solidarity for Black artists and the trauma that has and is experienced by all Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC), and artists with disabilities. 

In the second half of 2020, we undertook the following actions:

  • Hosted five anti-racism virtual town halls with guest speakers to share ideas and learning in our community.

  • Created an EDIA staff working group to examine our commitment to EDIA at every level of our organization, and further develop anti-racist policies and practices governing our work, including recruitment, access to granting programs, procurement processes, community engagement.

  • Commissioned and compensated an EDIA community working group to build a community of trust and to respond to the EDIA actions being taken by Calgary Arts Development.

  • Continued to support the work of equity-seeking artists through our granting programs, with emphasis on the Original Peoples Investment Program, the ArtShare Program, and the Artist as Changemaker Program.

  • Contributed financial support for the Cultural Instigators—a group of artists-organizers learning and helping to build collective capacity in the arts communities for EDIA, working on community initiatives for change.

  • Amplified the stories of artists that reflect the rich cultural diversity of our city through The Storytelling Project, with a particular focus on sharing diverse stories through the podcasts and a new web series.

  • Provided administration for Pink Flamingo’s Black Lives Matter mural project.